OFHS Vocal Jazz shares the spirit of the holidays!

Row 1 -Autumn Canavera, Isabella Rennie, Haley Schwantes, Khloe Van Dornick
Row 2 -Emma Bliskey, Cedar Olsen, Santa, Lyndsey Luebke, Carina Wirtley
Row 3 – Connor Romandine, Alex Waschbisch, Hunter Schaden, Keith Van Dornick, Simon Pumplun, Aidan Spillane

The Oconto Falls High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble, with Director Amy Thiel, shared the spirit of the holidays throughout Northeast Wisconsin on December 12 as they performed festive music. Performances included Aurora BayCare in Green Bay, BayPark Square in Green Bay, and Meadowlands in Oconto Falls, as well as HSHS St. Clare Hospital, Witt’s Piggly Wiggly, United True Value, Burger King, Peterson Ford, and City Hall in Oconto Falls. OFHS graduate Eva Finke was the accompanist for the performances. Selections included holiday favorites Angels We Have Heard On High, Silent Night, Caroling Caroling, An Evening In December, and We Wish You a Merry Madrigal!

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Joins Oral Health Partnership to Help Underserved Children in Need of Dental Care

Children with complex dental needs and who are uninsured or underinsured will now have greater access to care thanks to a new collaboration between HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls and the Brown County-based Oral Health Partnership (OHP).

Oral Health Partnership, a nonprofit founded in Green Bay in 2005, provides underserved children living in Brown County and surrounding counties access to preventive, restorative and emergency dental services at no cost. It offers a school-based dental care program, three clinic locations throughout Green Bay, and partners with three Green Bay hospitals – including HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center – to provide treatment for complex dental conditions that require an operating room setting.

“This year, OHP is on track to serve more than 10,000 children and accommodate more than 20,000 dental appointments,” said Michael Schwartz, Executive Director at OHP. “The addition of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital to our partnership allows us to treat more children in need of hospital-based care. We are immensely grateful for their partnership, as well as the continued partnership of HSHS St. Vincent and St. Mary’s.”

In early 2018, the OHP wait list for those in need of hospital-based dental care was at more than 250 children. The recent addition of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital as an OHP partner has helped to reduce the current waiting list to approximately 50 children.

“Our hospital’s vision is to provide health, healing and hope to all we serve, and we are proud to join our sister-hospitals in Green Bay to assist the OHP in providing a service that is greatly needed for underserved children,” said Chris Brabant, President and CEO at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital. “Our partnership with OHP also means that children who live in our rural, northern communities and in need of this type of care can now access it closer to home.”

As an OHP partner, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital provides operating room space and the assistance of its surgical staff to OHP physicians at no cost to OHP or the patient. The nonprofit hospital also obtained a grant from Delta Dental of Wisconsin to purchase the surgical instruments for OHP physicians to perform the necessary procedures. Procedures may include the treatment of multiple cavities in young children, abscessed teeth and/or teeth extraction.

“In some cases, these complex dental conditions can be life-threatening, and that is why increasing access to this type of care is so important,” said Schwartz.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital also provides the services of Child Life Specialists for each child that comes to the hospital to have a dental procedure. Child Life Specialists are specially trained in helping put children who may be anxious about their procedure at ease.

Oral Health Partnership serves children ages 0 to 19. Those interested in learning more can call (920) 965-0831 or visit www.smilegb.org. Underinsured or uninsured adults in need of dental care may contact the N.E.W. Dental Clinic at (920) 272-9300.

Aaron Rodgers Signs Multi-Year Extension with Prevea Health

Prevea Health is pleased to announce a four-year contract extension with professional athlete, Aaron Rodgers, to support its health and wellness initiatives throughout eastern and western Wisconsin. Prevea (pronouncer: prev’AY-uh) and Rodgers began their official partnership in 2012.

“This relationship goes far beyond the idea of a celebrity serving as a spokesperson,” said Ashok Rai, MD, President and CEO, Prevea Health. “As one of the most respected athletes in the country, Aaron is truly passionate about improving the health and wellness of our communities. His commitment to our message and his ability to add his own personal twist comes from his own passion of improving the health and wellness of Wisconsin. We are proud to call him a member of the Prevea family.”

Most recently, Prevea and Rodgers launched an advertising campaign called Senses focusing on what healthy looks like, feels like and sounds like – recognizing that it looks, feels and sounds different to each person. In the commercials, Rodgers shares openly how these thoughts, with Prevea, can help people stay in tune with their health and happiness.

“When I think about my legacy and what I want to be remembered for, I want to know that at the end of the day I made an impact on the communities that have meant so much to me,” said Rodgers. “When I think about the past several years and my partnership with Prevea, I am able to look back at all the things we did together that made a difference to people’s health and wellness. We’ve been able to do some pretty incredible things and I look forward to continuing to build on that.”

Click on the following hyperlinks to watch Rodgers’ latest commercials with Prevea. These may be used for b-roll purposes, courtesy of Prevea Health:
What Healthy Looks Like
What Healthy Feels Like
What Healthy Sounds Like

The commercials air in the Green Bay, Wis. and La Crosse/Eau Claire, Wis. television markets.

‘My Fair Lady’ auditions set for Dec. 16-17

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will hold auditions Dec. 16-17 for its spring musical, “My Fair Lady,” to be presented March 20- 22 and 27-29. The musical calls for various roles, both male and female, 10 years and older.

Originally produced on Broadway in 1956, “My Fair Lady” is Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s most popular musical collaboration, earning nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show depicts the transformation of “guttersnipe” Eliza Doolittle, under the tutelage of Professor Henry Higgins. “My Fair Lady” is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark, a Concord Theatricals Company.

Individuals will have two opportunities to audition: 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, or 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. Callbacks are 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Individuals who audition should come prepared to sing a short selection of a song not from “My Fair Lady.” They can sing acapella or bring a CD or phone to play music. The auditions will also include a reading from the script and a group choreography number. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended.

For more information, visit AbramsSpotlightProductions.com or contact ASPI at 920-826-5852 or theater.aspi@gmail.com.

Love Lights Honor Loved Ones During Christmas Season

The Partners of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital invite the community to participate in Love Lights, an annual Christmas fundraiser.

With Love Lights, people can honor a loved one, a business or organization by having their name placed next to a lit Christmas tree that is on display at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital throughout the holiday season.

Proceeds from Love Lights will benefit various health care improvements at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, which is part of a not-for-profit, Catholic-based health care system. Order forms can be found in the HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital Welcome Center. They can be returned in-person, or mailed to:

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital
Attn: Amber Just, Volunteer Services
855 S. Main St.
Oconto Falls, WI 54154

A blessing of the Love Lights tree will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, 855 S. Main St. in Oconto Falls, with a social to follow.

OFHS Choirs Present Home for the Holidays XII on December 7

The Oconto Falls High School Choirs will be presenting HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS XII on Saturday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center.  Pre-concert music will begin at 6:10 p.m. in the Commons Area.  The concert will feature the Chamber Singers, Cantabile, Chorale, Concert Choir, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

This year’s performances will include many holiday classics, including Angels We Have Heard On High, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, and the First Nowell.  The four choirs -Chamber Singers, Cantabile, Concert Choir and Chorale – will also join their voices to sing a collection of Alfred Burt carols, including Caroling, Caroling, All on A Christmas Morning, The Star Carol, and We’ll Dress The House.  The concert will also showcase the talents of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble singing Fum, Fum, Fum, A Very Merry Madrigal, and An Evening in December.  Many children’s favorites will be featured at this performance, including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and We Are Santa’s Elves. The concert will conclude with the traditional Candlelight Processional— O Holy Night, Silent Night, Away In A Manger, and Joy to the World.  Community members and alumni will again be asked to join the OFHS Choirs for the finale selection Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah

The concert is free and everyone is encouraged to attend this wonderful evening of holiday music!

Youth to Present ‘Elf the Musical Jr’ in Abrams

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. is spreading Christmas cheer with the comedy “Elf The Musical Jr.” Based on a 2003 hit movie, this fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. The show features an all-youth cast, songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, and a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

“Doing a musical based on a movie can be hit or miss,” Director Elizbeth Jolly said. “Including enough of the movie while adding music and deepening the emotions for the stage is not an easy task. Elf really hits the nail on the head. I mean, when you have a show-stopping number called “sparklejollytwinklejingley,” you know you’re going to be in for a good time.”

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14, and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and 14, and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 15, at the Nancy Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams. A limited number of tickets are available at AbramsTheater.com or by calling the box office, 920-826-5852.

Jolly said Elf contradicts the misconception that quality doesn’t matter in a kids’ show.

“I think that sells children short,” she said. “We are not just depending on their cuteness, although they are all adorable. The cast is intelligent, talented, and has put in a lot of work to make this a high quality, spectacular production.”

“Elf The Musical Jr.” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).  All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com.

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital to Present Live Nativity Scene in Downtown Oconto Falls on Thursday, Dec. 5

HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital invites the community to take in the sights and sounds of a live nativity scene in downtown Oconto Falls on Thursday, Dec. 5.

The live nativity scene, hosted by HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital, will take place in conjunction with other holiday-related community events happening along Main St. on Dec. 5, including Christmas Mouse Open House, wagon rides and pictures with Santa.

From 5 to 7 p.m., a group of HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital providers and colleagues will gather at the corner of Main St. and Caldwell Ave. to portray Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus, a shepherd, an angel and the Three Wise Men. Live animals will also be a part of the scene, including a donkey and sheep. At 7 p.m., a Scripture reading, featuring the story of the night Jesus was born, will be performed. Then, a collective singing of “Silent Night,” will close the special presentation.

Live Nativity Scene

  • Thursday, Dec. 5
  • 5 to 7 p.m.
    • Scripture reading and singing of “Silent Night” at 7 p.m.
  • Corner of Main St. and Caldwell Ave. in Oconto Falls

All community members interested in attending the 7 p.m. presentation are encouraged to stop in to one of the Main Street businesses participating in the Christmas Mouse Open House event the night-of, to pick up a free candle they can hold for the Scripture reading and singing of “Silent Night.”

“Five Things to Know” Ahead of National Rural Health Day, Coming Up Thursday, Nov. 21

National Rural Health Day, founded by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 21.

“Small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are wonderful places to live and work; they are places where neighbors know each other and work together,” said Teryl Eisinger, CEO of the NOSORH. “The hospitals and providers serving these rural communities not only provide quality patient care, but they also help keep good jobs in rural America.”

To honor National Rural Health Day, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health offer its rural communities “Five Things to Know” about the importance of rural health care in Oconto County, and across the country:

  1. An estimated 57 million people – nearly one in five Americans – live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States.
  2. In 1977, the Rural Health Clinic Services Act helped to establish Rural Health Clinics, or RHCs, to address the shortage of physicians serving patients in rural areas.
  3. Today, there are more than 4,500 federally-designated RHCs nationwide providing health care services in underserved areas.
  4. Together, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital and Prevea Health offer five RHCs throughout Oconto County to provide not only health care, but jobs to local residents. Our RHCs can be found in Oconto Falls, Gillett, Lena, Mountain and Suring.
  5. Founded as Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls in 1921, HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital has been providing rural health care for nearly 100 years. It is a federally-designated critical access hospital offering 24-hour emergency care, urgent care and a variety of other services.

Safety Reminder for Gun-Deer Hunters: Protect Your Hearing!

The woods of Wisconsin will soon be filled with hunters for the annual gun-deer season. Prevea Health, along with HSHS St. Vincent, St. Mary’s, St. Nicholas and St. Clare Memorial Hospitals, want to remind all hunters the importance of protecting their hearing during this time.

The shot of a rifle or shotgun is approximately 140 decibels, which is the equivalent of standing next to a jet engine. Sounds at this noise level can cause instant and permanent hearing loss.

Symptoms of hearing loss include:

  • Vague feelings of pressure or fullness in your ears
  • Speech that seems muffled or far away
  • A ringing sound in your ears when you are in quiet places
  • Difficulty hearing when background noise is present

The only way to prevent hearing damage is to wear ear protection. Prevea Audiology offers consultations with hunters to determine the best way to protect their hearing while using their firearm. If needed, affordable, custom-fit hearing protection is available for adults and children. The devices are individually molded to each ear providing a more consistent seal for the control of incoming load sound as well as to relieve the discomfort caused by generic ear plugs.

Consultations and custom-fit hearing protection is available at Prevea health centers in Green Bay, Oconto Falls, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Appointments can be made by calling (920) 496-4700.

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